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Cape Schanck Lighthouse is on the southern
tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It is part of a triangle of Bass Strait lights, the
other two being Cape Otway and Cape Wickham Lighthouses, of radio controlled lights and
The tower was built in 1859
from dressed limestone and sandstone, and is painted white. It was the second
coastal light established in Victoria. It is considered by the Australian Maritime
Safety authority to be the most original lighthouse under its jurisdiction, as the
original mechanisms are still in place. An unusual feature of this lighthouse is its stone
stairway rather than the usual wrought iron.
The present apparatus, installed in 1915, is
a first order Chance Brothers lens. Upgrades of this lantern were carried out in
1907, 1917 and 1940. The original clockwork mechanism is still in place, though the light
is now turned by an electric motor. The lighthouse was renovated from the late 1970's
to the early 1980's, with work including the refurbishment of the lantern.
The lighthouse is about 90 minutes drive from
Melbourne along the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Boneo Rd and Cape Schanck Rd
which terminates at the lighthouse carpark (Melway 258 B10). Guided
tours of the tower and museum are conducted on weekends. There is an
excellent Museum in the old Assistant Lightkeepers Quarters. Admission is charged. Accommodation is available in the
Lighthouse Keepers cottage.
|| 38°30'S 144°53E
||Australian Maritime Safety Authority
||21 September 1987
||Dressed limestone &
- entry fee
- lightkeepers buildings
white sector with flashing red sector
first order Chance
Brothers catadioptric lens
tungsten halogen lamp
||Mains with diesel standby
kilometres white light
30 kilometres red light
* Parks Victoria
* Lighthouses of Australia Inc
* Howes, M. et al (1999) "Victoria's National Parks - Explorer's Guide",
See Australia Guides Pty Ltd
* Reid, G. (1988) "From Dusk to Dawn: A History of Australian Lighthouses",
* Ibbotson, J. (2001) "Lighthouses of Australia: Images from the End of
an Era", Australian Lighthouse Traders
Photographed by K. Eggleston, 29 April 2001 © Kristie
Photographed by K. Eggleston, 31 October 1999 © Kristie
& ACCESS DETAILS
Refer to regional map at
for greater map detail.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
Cape Schanck Road
CAPE SCHANCK VIC 3939
Phone: (03) 5988 6184
Facsimile: (03) 5988 6251
The Cape Schanck Lighthouse is located
about 75 km south of Melbourne, via the Nepean & Mornington Peninsula
Hwys. The road leading to the Lighthouse is sealed, and
there are toilet facilities, a kiosk, walking tracks, and interpretive signs and other information.
The lightstation, with its accompanying
facilities, is operated by a private organisation. Guided
tours of the tower and museum are conducted on weekends. Admission
is charged. Accommodation is available in the lightkeepers cottage.
Page last updated: 27 December 2003
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